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Thursday 27 April 2017

McCoy crowned Sportsman of the Year

Tony McCoy has been named as Sportsman of the Year. Photo: Getty Images
Tony McCoy has been named as Sportsman of the Year. Photo: Getty Images

Champion jump jockey Tony McCoy has been named as Sportsman of the Year at the British Sports Awards.

The prize, voted for by members of the Sports Journalists' Association, was given to the 36-year-old at a ceremony in London this afternoon.



McCoy beat off competition from Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell in second and England spinner Graeme Swann to take the award, while Jessica Ennis was named as Sportswoman of the Year for the second time running.



The heptathlete finished ahead of Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams and world champion gymnast Beth Tweddle.



Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie collected the Team of the Year trophy as well as an outstanding contribution to sport award.



Tweddle was also honoured in the Fairplay and Inspiration category, while teenage weightlifter Zoe Smith, a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, was named Outstanding International Newcomer.



Another Commonwealth hero, Dai Greene, won the Outstanding Performance of the Year prize and archer Danielle Brown won the Bill McGowran Trophy, recognising the achievements of athletes with a disability.



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